Apple: iPhone OS supports open standards; Flash is closed
Apple doesn't sound terribly broken up about Adobe's announcement that it would stop developing its Flash-to-iPhone app building capabilities.
Ever since the launch of the iPhone, Flash has been persona non grata on the platform. Apple has repeatedly preferred other technologies for a variety of reasons, including performance and supporting open standards over proprietary ones such as Flash.
Even Steve Jobs has reportedly derided Flash on several occasions. Developer Greg Slepak e-mailed the CEO to complain about Apple’s insistence on banning intermediary development technologies like Flash from the App Store and Jobs reputedly responded: “We’ve been there before, and intermediate layers between the platform and the developer ultimately produces sub-standard apps and hinders the progress of the platform.”
[via Daring Fireball]